Coronavirus Disease – 2020 : How to Protect Yourself

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1. Important Steps to Take to Keep from Getting Sick

Wash your hands regularly. Wash your hands every couple hours, whether you remember touching something suspect or not. If you have touched something that is suspect, wash your hands immediately.

Moisturize. Moisturizing your skin helps to keep it strong and malleable. Your skin is your first and greatest defense from infection and illness, so keeping it from getting cracked and dry will help you to fight off illnesses.

Wash your hands after handling money. Even if you only slipped your credit card or debit card through the little reader, rub your hands with sanitizer or wash your hands thoroughly. Money is one of the primary means for the conveyance of illness from one person to another, even more so than toilet seats.

Sanitize your phone frequently. If you are like most of the general population today, you touch your phone on a nearly constant basis. Doing so means that any of the germs you pick up from any other things or places you touch are put on the phone, then subsequently spread around, no matter how frequently you wash your hands. Using a disinfectant wipe a couple times throughout the day (particularly if you bring your phone into the bathroom and set it down) should help to get the job done with no problem.

How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Disease - 2020
How to Protect Yourself from Coronavirus Disease – 2020

Don’t touch your face. Your face is sensitive and can absorb germs. Aside from this, you can touch your nose, mouth, and eyes, which allow you to pick up some of your own germs and spread them all over. Keeping your hands away from your face can help keep the spread of sickness down from others to you and vice versa.

Refrain from picking your nose. This one might seem obvious, but it’s just a force of habit for some people. This is one of the fastest ways to spread illness. By picking your nose and touching things around you, you leave others to pick up those germs later on. Not to mention the fact that, if you have germs on your finger when you put it in your nose, you’re putting those germs into your sinuses.

Sanitize after blowing your nose. If you blow your nose, use a little bit of hand sanitizer to kill any germs and make sure to put your tissue in a bag that you can close up at the end of the day. This can help you to keep from spreading germs around the home or workplace.

Vampire cough. If you happen to have a tickle in your throat, use the crook of your elbow to obscure your mouth while you cough to clear it. This keeps the spread of germs from being quite so simple and it will keep you from coughing on anyone.

Sanitize or disinfect shared surfaces. If there are spaces that are shared with you and another person, just give them a quick wipe-down with a disinfectant wipe or a little spritz of disinfectant cleaner to make sure that everything is left fresh and clean.

Prepare your own food. Going out to eat while there is a widespread illness is a big roll of the dice. Many people who work in foodservice can’t afford to take sick leave and are pressured by management to work in spite of symptoms, as a way to combat chronic understaffing. As a means of avoiding this, you can and should prepare your own food and eat at home to keep yourself healthy in the middle of an outbreak.

Avoid salad bars. Salad bars and buffet-style restaurants have sneeze guards over the food, but those foods are ultimately left in the open air for a good deal of time. If someone didn’t wash their hands before handling the spoon or tongs on the buffet, they have spread their germs to that entire dish.

Don’t pick at your teeth or put your fingers in your mouth. Putting your fingers into your mouth puts your germs out into the area as well as putting any germs you picked up, right into your mouth. If you have something your teeth, go to the bathroom and wash your hands before and after picking at it. It is optimal to also use a flosser in addition to this hand-washing precaution.

2. How to Properly Wash Your Hands

For many who have never worked in food service or in the medical field, the proper method for hand washing tends to get a little bit overlooked. For many people, washing your hands simply means putting a little bit of soap on the hands and then rinsing it off.

Antibacterial soap typically needs about 20 seconds to fully cleanse an area on which it’s being used. This means that the couple of seconds that you run your hand under the tap with a little blob of soap on your hands does next to nothing to fight off infection, germs, bacteria, or illness.

The proper method for washing your hands is as follows:

  • Wet your hands with warm water and turn off the tap.
  • Apply soap to your hands in a generous, but not overabundant amount.
  • Rub the soap into your hands to create bubbles, making sure to rub the soap in between your fingers, onto the back of your hands, and up your wrists. Continue this for 20 seconds.
  • Rinse your hands under the warm water to rid your hands of bubbles.
  • Pat or wipe your hands dry on a clean towel.

This is the proper method for washing your hands, no matter what type of soap you’re using and to make sure that you’re using this method each and every time you wash your hands will ensure that you’re not retaining extra germs and you won’t be spreading them around by using your hands.

3. What Types of Masks Work Against Corona Viruses?

If you’re looking to fight off a virus, infection, disease, or illness by improving the quality of the air you’re breathing, you will want a mask that is marked “disposable respirator.” You will commonly see this type of mask marked as N95 or P2. Make sure that the packaging for the mask you buy specifically states that it will prevent the conveyance or communication of illnesses.

Taking this little extra step to make sure that you’re not breathing in the particulates from anyone’s nose, mouth, etc., can help you to keep yourself safe from those illnesses while you’re out and about running errands or doing the things you need to do in public.

If you’re trying to keep your respiratory health safeguarded, you must make sure that you have the right masks for the situation you find yourself in.

  • For Smoke: particulate respirators, N95, P100, and NIOSH masks can help to protect your lungs from the harsh smoke in a fire.
  • For Pollution: N95 masks are best for air pollution.
  • For Dust : N95 or R95 masks can help to keep dust and oily particulates from getting into your lungs.
  • For Contagion : DFM, N95, and P2 masks are the best to keep your lungs safe from harmful contagions, mists, fumes, and dust. You can also look for something labeled “disposable respirator.”

4. Types of Disinfectants

When you’re trying to keep yourself and your spaces clear of illnesses and germs, you want to make sure that you’re using the right material for the job.

  • Hand Sanitizer :This is best for use in a pinch. it’s great to use right after handling money at the grocery store, right after blowing your nose, or when you’re going into a meeting and need to shake some hands with people. Washing your hands is always the best possible option for keeping your hands clean, but hand sanitizer is a great stop-gap.
  • Spray disinfectant : These are the things like Lysol that can be used to cling to and neutralize the bacteria or particulates in the air that might be cause for concern, and they also have products that you can put directly onto surfaces to clean them.
  • Bleach :  This is a very harsh disinfectant, but it will kill just about anything it touches in terms of germs. If you have items that are made of plastic or that won’t be damaged by chlorine, you can soak them in a solution of bleach and water to completely sanitize them.
  • Hydrogen Peroxide : This is great to use to clear away any bacteria that might be around a minor cut, scrape, or bruise. It’s best to use this right after the moment of injury to see to it that no infection or contamination occurs.

5. Herbal Remedies for Immune Support

Herbal remedies are a very popular solution to common illnesses like the cold and the flu. These can be very soothing and helpful, as well as easy on the body. Some harsher medicines can leave you with certain side-effects and, if the illness is dire enough, they may be a necessary evil.

If you prefer to use herbal remedies such as rose hips, Echinacea, and some homeopathic remedies as well, that is fine to do as long as it doesn’t conflict with or hinder the doctor’s orders. If your doctor has prescribed something to you and is telling you that simple home remedies won’t do the trick to get you on the path to wellness, you owe it to yourself and to everyone around you to listen to that advice.

By all means, take your vitamins, drink your tea, eat your soup, and use all the natural remedies that helped you to cope with illness in the past. Just don’t take things that will cancel out your current medical treatment for the illness you have, and follow your doctor’s instructions to the letter. This is the best, fastest, and most ideal route to getting better as quickly as possible.

6. Proper Medical Care

There is nothing wrong with making sure that you’re getting the best possible medical care for your conditions or illnesses. If you feel like your doctor may have made an error in your medical treatment, seek a second opinion from other trusted professionals in the field. If you have reason to believe that the advice of a non-medical person may be more correct than that of a licensed professional, get that advice checked thoroughly before following it.

Your life is precious, so make sure that you’re trusting the best possible sources for information on how to recover from an illness or how to properly treat one. Take the medications that are prescribed to you if you aren’t allergic to them and do your best to follow the medical advice that you’ve been given by the trained, licensed professionals in charge of your care.

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